“Dogs are like potatoes chips, it’s hard to have just one.” ~ unknown
Once you’ve experienced the unconditional love of a dog, and all the joys that come with having a fun-loving canine companion, it’s hard to stop at just one. When that happens, the joys may be doubled, tripled, or quadrupled, but so might the work, worry, and heartache. This may be especially true if you’re a breeder or involved in canine sports and travel a lot. How do we maintain peace of mind and heart when living with more than one dog while juggling all of life’s obligations?
Read on, and discover 3 essentials to finding harmony in a multi-dog home.
Years ago, when I acquired my first Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, I had no idea they’d become addictive. They’re beautiful, friendly, fun-loving, comforting and easy to care for… what’s one more? However, what began as a simple task of caring for one dog risked turning my comfy calm life resembling a bed of roses into a garden of weeds. Thankfully, I learned early on the art of creating a beautiful garden.
Finding harmony in a multi-dog home is similar to creating a beautiful garden.
In preparing this article I interviewed Cindy, a friend whose garden could be compared to Monet’s—it’s extraordinarily beautiful and harmonious. As we spoke, I discovered we had much in common. People often wonder why she would want such a large garden—I mean the more you plant, the more you have to care for, right? Her response echoed the words of my heart: “It’s my passion!” I asked her to offer three words that would inspire others to find harmony in their garden. Her response: Passion, Patience, and Perseverance. These are the same three essentials I would apply to finding harmony in a multi-dog home.
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“My Beloved Dogs” is a must read for pet owners, breeders, and those competing in canine sports. The record keeping charts provide a wonderful way to keep track of your dogs’ achievements. The section on individual dog’s records makes it easy to keep track of the health of each dog. Having all this information in one place is really the highlight. Well written and organized, this book will surely become a treasured companion!”
-Norma Patton, AKC Judge
“When I show my dogs, I feel like I’m dancing around the ring. It’s a partnership based on love, friendship, mutual respect, and trust.” ~ Leila Grandemange
Continue reading “The Ultimate Dog Show Record Keeping Book!”
How do you react when your puppy is “naughty?”
Are you tempted to get angry, or do you remain patient and calm? Continue reading “5 Things to do When Your Puppy is “Naughty””
Published in the The Royal Spaniels Magazine (2016), by Leila Grandemange
Years ago, a typical school day in America began by placing our right hand over our heart and pledging allegiance to the flag. It was a moment to stop what we were doing, and for every child regardless of race or color, or even the morning dispute with their best friend, to focus on a greater cause. Continue reading “I Pledge Allegiance To My Dog [A Call To Unity]”
Published in My Beloved Dogs, Record Keeping for the Canine Competitor and Multi-Dog Home —Book Trailer
The Ribbon that Runs Through History—Its Meaning, Purpose and Goals
by Leila Grandemange
Who would have thought that holding the winning ribbon could bring a person so much joy! But what exactly does the ribbon symbolize? Why do we seek it, and how does its meaning spur us on to become better exhibitors, competitors, breeders, and dog owners? Continue reading “The Ribbon That Runs Through History”
[Introduction by Leila Grandemange]
The desire to succeed . . . we’ve all felt that ache in our heart at some point in our lives. The birthing of a dream, the long hours and hard work, the difficult climb up a ladder that seemed to never end and then one day, SUCCESS — A dream come true! A healthy litter, a new champion, a Best in Show . . .
Continue reading “Seven Foundations For A Successful Dog Breeder [J.J. Kimes]”